Lavender Essential Oil has been referred to as the “universal” oil as it has shown to have many therapeutic benefits over the years. I use it to relieve minor burns and bug bites, to soothe dry, chapped skin and to alleviate symptoms of hay fever.
However during a research study, Lavender Essential Oil has also been found to have helped to lessen fatigue levels as well as depression in terminally ill cancer patients.
From a 2004 open study in Japan, 20 terminally ill patients with cancer were given a three minute foot soak in warm water and lavender essential oil. Then they each received a ten minute reflexology foot treatment with lavender in jojoba carrier oil. The Cancer Fatigue Scale was used to measure the level of fatigue on both a physical and cognitive level. Each study participant was evaluated by this scale before, 1 hour after and 4 hours after the treatment. It was found that there was a significant decrease (up to 46%) in the level of physical exhaustion and mental fatigue over the group of patients. At the request of the study participants, treatments with lavender oil were continued for 8 sessions more on average.
In an additional study, taking place in 2006 at a university in Korea, the effect of the aroma of lavender essential oil was studied for its effect on sleep and depression on female college students. Over a four week period, forty-two nursing students who had previously complained of insomnia and feelings of depression were studied. For the length of the study, weekly evaluations on sleep disturbances, insomnia, and levels of depression were measured both during control periods without exposure and for periods with exposure to lavender essential oil. At the end of the study, it was concluded “that the lavender fragrance had a beneficial effect on insomnia and depression in women college students”.
The result of this study rings true with me as I diffuse Young Living Lavender Essential Oil every night for a complete and relaxing sleep as do some dear friends of mine. I add 5 drops of lavender oil to the Home Diffuser just before I go to sleep. After a couple of hours, it automatically turns off while hubby and I are away in slumber land. You can also rub a couple of drops of lavender oil on your palms and smooth on your pillow for a deep night’s sleep. I find during the day, rubbing a drop of Lavender essential oil on my palms, cupping my hands over my nose and deep breathing brings me a sense of calm and mood elevation.